Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that top 2011 NHL Entry Draft prospect Dougie Hamilton of the Niagara IceDogs is the Bobby Smith Trophy winner presented to the OHL's Scholastic Player of the Year.
Hamilton, a 17-year-old from Toronto, ON, attends Governor Simcoe Secondary School in St. Catharines where he maintains an overall academic average of 94% in six Grade 12 level courses including marks of 97% in Calculus, 95% in Physics, 95% in Personal and Fitness, 92% in English, 92% in Biology, and 91% in Chemistry. This is Hamilton’s second straight Academic Award after winning the Ivan Tennant Memorial Award in his rookie season. Hamilton becomes the first member of the IceDogs to be named Scholastic Player of the Year in this the fourth straight year where a member of the organization has been recognized for their achievements in the classroom. Dougie’s older brother Freddie and teammate Alex Friesen earned top Academic High School honours for the 2008-09 and 2007-08 seasons.
"On behalf of the entire Niagara IceDogs organization, we couldn't be more proud of Dougie Hamilton for winning the Bobby Smith Award for the 2010-11 season,” said IceDogs President Denise Burke. “Dougie's hard work and dedication both on and off the ice has helped develop him into an outstanding young man. His commitment to academics which allows him to achieve scholastic excellence year after year is simply amazing and just another reason why he is such a great role model for the youth of Niagara."
On the ice, Hamilton is the top ranked defenceman for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft rated fourth overall among North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting. He finished fourth in scoring among OHL defencemen with 58 points in 67 games scoring 12 goals and 46 assists with an additional 77 minutes in penalties and a team-high plus-minus rating of plus-35. This season he competed in the 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game scoring a goal for Team Orr, and was a member of Team OHL in the 2010 SUBWAY Super Series. Hamilton was also named the Central Division Academic Player of the Month for December.
“Dougie’s excellent academic standing, his sound character, and strong leadership capabilities both inside and outside the classroom are what set him apart from other student-athletes,” said IceDogs Academic Advisor Tim Tope. “While his numerous activities are impressive, he has made a strong commitment to his studies. His ability to lead his fellow peers through example and stay ‘grounded’ has been most impressive.”
Each year the Bobby Smith Trophy is presented to the OHL Scholastic Player of the year who best combines high standards of play and academic excellence. The trophy is in honour of Bobby Smith, former Ottawa 67's star who exhibited a standard of excellence in both of these areas.
Former winners include NHL stars Brad Boyes (Erie 1999-2000), three-time winner Dustin Brown (Guelph 2001 to 2003), Steven Stamkos (Sarnia 2006-07), and Matt Duchene (Brampton 2008-09). Last season Erik Gudbranson of the Kingston Frontenacs earned the award before being selected third overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Rookie Eric Locke of the Barrie Colts is the runner-up for the award while fellow rookie and 2011 NHL Entry Draft prospect Lucas Lessio of the Oshawa Generals finished in third.
Hamilton will be the OHL’s nominee for the CHL Scholastic Player of the Year Award and will be formally presented with the Bobby Smith Trophy at the annual OHL Awards Ceremony June 8 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
All 20 of the OHL’s member clubs provide nominees for this award which represent the 2010-11 OHL Scholastic Team.
2010-11 Bobby Smith Trophy Nominees:
Barrie – Eric Locke
Belleville – Brendan Gaunce
Brampton – Barclay Goodrow
Erie – Adam Pelech
Guelph – Garret Sparks
Kingston – Ethan Werek
Kitchener – Ben Thomson
London – Tommy Hughes
Mississauga – Dylan DeMelo
Niagara – Dougie Hamilton
Oshawa – Lucas Lessio
Ottawa – Cody Ceci
Owen Sound – Robby Mignardi
Peterborough –Andrew D’Agostini
Plymouth – Tom Wilson
Saginaw – Brandon Saad
Sarnia – Brett Ritchie
Sudbury – Gregory Jambrosich
Sault Ste. Marie – Matt Murray
Windsor – Craig Duininck*
*Repeat All-Scholastic Team member
OHL Academic Highlights:
• OHL players successfully completed 97% of high school courses during the 2009-10 season.
• Of the 57 overage players that competed in the league during the 2009-10 season, 31 have signed professional hockey contracts while 26 have accessed their academic scholarships in 2010-11 at various institutions across North America.
• 363 OHL graduates and current players are on scholarship from OHL Member Teams at 66 different institutions across North America.
2010-11 OHL Academic Players of the Month:
February – Grant Webermin, Windsor Spitfires
January – Brock Beukeboom, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
December – Nathan Chiarlitti, Sarnia Sting
November – Brandon Saad, Saginaw Spirit
October – Tom Wilson, Plymouth Whalers
February – Jarrod Maidens, Owen Sound Attack
January – Chris Tierney, London Knights
December – Andrew Crescenzi, Kitchener Rangers
November – Garret Sparks, Guelph Storm
October – Adam Pelech, Erie Otters
February – Dylan DeMelo, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors
January – Samuel Schutt, Sudbury Wolves
December – Dougie Hamilton, Niagara IceDogs
November – Jordan Auld, Brampton Battalion
October – Mark Scheifele, Barrie Colts
February – Andrew D’Agostini, Peterborough Petes
January – Ryan Shipley, Ottawa 67’s
December – Lucas Lessio, Oshawa Generals
November – Franky Palazzese, Kingston Frontenacs
October – Jan Kaminsky, Belleville Bulls
2010-11 OHL Award Winners:
Rookie of the Year – Nail Yakupov, Sarnia Sting
Coach of the Year – Mark Reeds, Owen Sound Attack
Overage Player of the Year – Jason Akeson, Kitchener Rangers
Scholastic Player of the Year – Dougie Hamilton, Niagara IceDogs
High School Academic Player of the Year – Andrew D’Agostini, Peterborough Petes
Post-Secondary School Player of the Year – Derek Lanoue, Windsor Spitfires
Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year – TBA
Humanitarian of the Year – TBA
Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy winner – TBA
Executive of the Year – TBA
Bill Long Award winner – TBA
Defenceman of the Year – TBA
Goaltender of the Year – TBA
OHL All-Star Teams – TBA
Most Outstanding Player of the Year - TBA